German security recorded at least one Kerry conversation: magazine

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry waves as he steps aboard his aircraft in SydneyGermany’s foreign intelligence agency recorded at least one phone conversation held by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, a German magazine said on Saturday, potentially embarrassing Berlin which has reprimanded Washington for its surveillance. Der Spiegel cited unnamed sources as saying security agents at Germany’s BND had intercepted Kerry’s words when he was in the Middle East negotiating between Israelis, Palestinians and Arab states last year. In Washington, U.S State Department spokeswoman Laura Seal said in an e-mail concerning the Spiegel report: “We decline to comment.” The recording of at least one of Kerry’s phone calls seemed to have been immediately deleted, the magazine said in a pre-publication copy of an article. On Friday, German media reported that German security agents tapped a conversation involving Kerry’s predecessor, Hillary Clinton, while she was Secretary of State and had not immediately deleted the recording.

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